After a year devoted to preparing for the legendary triathlon, Ben Hoffman (USA) captured a 4th place at the 2016 IRONMAN World Championship this weekend at Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Out of 57 male professionals racing in Kona, Hoffman was the highest ranked athlete from the United States.
“Huge congratulations to Ben for executing an incredible race,” said Human Interest Group Director Michael Cardoza. “Since last year’s race, the Hoff has focused on delivering his best possible performance at Kona this year, and without a doubt, we feel he succeeded.”
“Even though we – especially Ben – would have preferred the top podium spot, his top five finish among the world’s best is a real accomplishment as is Ben having the fastest time of any American pro triathlete. Ben is truly America’s number 1 IRONMAN.”
On the swim, Hoffman exited about 30 seconds behind the front group of swimmers. He then caught up with lead bike pack at the Hawi turn around and finished the bike leg at 4:28:06 (25.07 mph), the 5th fastest bike time of the day.
Leaving T2, Hoffman was only 19 seconds away from Jan Frodeno who would later claim the championship title. During the marathon-long run, Hoffman maintained his power and opened up more space ahead of his nearest competitors to cross the finish line with a run time of 2:51:45 (6:33/mi). Hoffman finished in fourth place with a time of 8:13:00.
“What a day! Obviously some mixed emotion to be just out of the top 3 in Kona, but I am content with the effort I gave on the day. It took everything I had to do battle with the best, and I came away with my second top 5 performance on triathlon’s biggest stage with 4th. Thank you to everyone that was part of the effort. We will try again next year,” Hoffman told his fans via social media fallowing the race.
Hoffman captured second place at the 2014 IRONMAN World Championship, then making him the first American pro male on the podium in five years. Hoffman returned to Kona this year strengthened by a season of focused training and strategically-timed races, such as taking the title at the 2016 IRONMAN African Championship this past April. Following a short break, Hoffman will compete at the Island House Triathlon on October 28th, 29th, and 30th held in the Bahamas.
Team Wurtele (CAN) also competed at the IRONMAN World Championship this year. Heather came in 12th among the women pros with a time of 9:32:51, and Trevor finished the race at 9:09:30.
IRONMAN World Championship
Jan Frodeno (DEU) 8:06:30
Sebastian Kienle (DEU) 8:10:02
Patrick Lange (DEU) 8:11:14
Ben Hoffman (USA) 8:13:00
Andi Boecherer (AFG) 8:13:25
*featured photo credit: Slowtwitch/Krabel